On one sunny afternoon, I was having a quick snack in the balcony when a friend pulled up on whatsapp, “why did you go into photography?” Then I thought, I need to write on this.Many answers pop up when that question is asked, some say “for fun” to others, “it’s a lucrative business” but to me it’s an entirely different ball game.
Let me take you back in time and space, when I was 7, well, I had a broken analogue camera (I think Kodak) it was an analogue point and shoot camera and all I could do with it was look through the viewfinder and click the shutter release button to get some nice click sounds. That was to me, fun! On getting to high school, I had a family friend, well she’s into photography and that was where I had my first contact with a professional DSLR camera but our fairy tale went sour. That was because I wasn’t getting what I expected. Feeding my eyes on the internet then and seeing the works of Kelechi Amadi Obi (that was 2010) I wanted to do things at his level but I knew what I was doing wasn’t a percent of his so, the romance ended.
After secondary school, then I saved up for my first camera and that is the Sony alpha 200 and when I bought it I knew my primary aim wasn’t money making.
“Don’t rush into the industry because you need to make money, rush into it because you need to create arts“
My main aim was to create fine art. I decided the perfect means was street photography. This was fueled by meeting Korean street photographer, Eric Kim. His blog contains invaluable amount of photography tips for the upcoming photographer and that was it. I then learnt the physics of photography on the streets, shooting street photography doesn’t give me a dime but it gives me joy and pleasure. On the street I learnt that those thugs ain’t actually bad boys, they just look bad.
So, dear friends, that’s it. You need to go into photography for the arts at first then the cash will come from the arts you’ve created. Everything in photography is artistic, that’s what composition is all about. Sometimes I spend hours before a shoot thinking of what to do so as to bring that artistic flow then when I get it, it’s like a hit on the jackpot.
Let me have your experiences dear friends. If you a photographer already, how did you get into the industry, if you are just a reader/client, got any questions about my own experience? Then use the comments box, it’s not harmful.